sorbic acid

noun Chemistry.
a white, crystalline compound, C 6 H 8 O 2 , slightly soluble in water, soluble in many organic solvents: used as a preservative in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and food.

1805–15; sorb1 + -ic Unabridged
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sorbic acid (ˈsɔːbɪk)
a white crystalline unsaturated carboxylic acid found in berries of the mountain ash and used to inhibit the growth of moulds and as an additive for certain synthetic coatings, as of cheese (E200); 2,4-hexadienoic acid. It exists as cis- and trans- isomers, the latter being the one usually obtained. Formula: CH3CH:CHCH:CHCOOH
[C19: from sorb (the tree), from its discovery in the berries of the mountain ash]

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sorbic acid sor·bic acid (sôr'bĭk)
A white crystalline solid found in the berries of the mountain ash and also synthesized, used as a fungicide.

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sorbic acid   (sôr'bĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
A white crystalline solid found in the berries of the mountain ash or prepared synthetically and used as a food preservative and fungicide. Chemical formula: C6H8O2.
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